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Re: Tracking problem with Mach 1

Steve Reilly
 

Interestingly there seems to be COM errors. What’s that about?

 

-Steve

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Peter Bresler via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2020 2:32 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Tracking problem with Mach 1

 

Here are current settings. ASCOM is showing the correct mount and control box. I do not see how to change these ins ASCOM. only in APCC. It shows the mount as tracking, but last night it was not. I would appreciate a phone call at about 8:30 PDT to see if the problem has been resolved.

I put the mount tracking the sun with the lens cap on. Will see if it moves during the day.

Peter
805-801-4607


Re: Tracking problem with Mach 1

Roland Christen
 

Just look at the motor shaft. If it's not turning then it's not tracking. No reason to wait until tonight.

Do you have a keypad (hand controller)?

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Mar 27, 2020 1:31 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Tracking problem with Mach 1

Here are current settings. ASCOM is showing the correct mount and control box. I do not see how to change these ins ASCOM. only in APCC. It shows the mount as tracking, but last night it was not. I would appreciate a phone call at about 8:30 PDT to see if the problem has been resolved.

I put the mount tracking the sun with the lens cap on. Will see if it moves during the day.

Peter
805-801-4607


Re: Tracking problem with Mach 1

Peter Bresler
 

Here are current settings. ASCOM is showing the correct mount and control box. I do not see how to change these ins ASCOM. only in APCC. It shows the mount as tracking, but last night it was not. I would appreciate a phone call at about 8:30 PDT to see if the problem has been resolved.

I put the mount tracking the sun with the lens cap on. Will see if it moves during the day.

Peter
805-801-4607


Re: Tracking problem with Mach 1

Roland Christen
 


The gear box did not show any movement.
I assume you mean that the motor shaft is not turning. But since the motor does slew, then you probably have selected STOP on one of your apps. There are 4 tracking speeds, Sidereal, Solar, Lunar and STOP. The last one turns the motor tracking off, so please check your apps to see if one of them is set to STOP.

Better yet, if you have a keypad, plug it in, remove all external apps and set the keypad to sidereal rate. Then check the motor shaft to see if it is turning.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Mar 27, 2020 9:55 am
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Tracking problem with Mach 1

I still had the problem last night. The gear box did not show any movement. Parks and slews are normal; there is no mechanical problem with the mount. It either is software, or a problem with the control box, which I was beginning to suspect. I checked rate settings in both APCC and ASCOM, which were on sidereal. The readout on APCC says the mount is tracking, but it is not. Ray suggested in a private email that the wrong control box may be selected...I will recheck that, and repost. PHD2 gave an error message that the mount was not responding the pulse commands.  If I cannot get this resolved, a phone call during viewing hours would be nice. It looks like it has cleared up here on the central coast.....maybe phone me around 8:30 PDT, 805-801-4607? I need my mount back!


Re: Tracking problem with Mach 1

Peter Bresler
 
Edited

I still had the problem last night. The gear box did not show any movement. Parks and slews are normal; there is no mechanical problem with the mount. It either is software, or a problem with the control box, which I was beginning to suspect. I checked rate settings in both APCC and ASCOM, which were on sidereal. The readout on APCC says the mount is tracking, but it is not. Ray suggested in a private email that the wrong control box may be selected...I will recheck that, and repost. PHD2 gave an error message that the mount was not responding to pulse commands.  If I cannot get this resolved, a phone call during viewing hours would be nice. It looks like it has cleared up here on the central coast.....maybe phone me around 8:30 PDT, 805-801-4607? I need my mount back!


Re: Arp 286 (NGC 5566)

Robert Chozick
 

I really like this.  Cool galaxies.

Robert

On Mar 25, 2020, at 6:31 PM, Geoff Smith <ghsmith45@...> wrote:

I was going through my picture files--what else to do in these times--and  I came across this one from 2018 which I hadn't finished processing. However, better late than never, so here it is

https://www.astrobin...9f7e/B/?nc=user

Technical details
Mount AP900
Exposure 6.5 hours LRGB
Camera FLI Proline 16803
Telescope 12.5" Planewave
Processing PixInsight
FOV 30' x 30'


Robert Chozick




Re: Dust clouds around IC 2631

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

VERY nice processing Geoff!


On Thu, 26 Mar 2020 at 19:17, Geoff Smith <ghsmith45@...> wrote:
This was taken at the last new moon period

https://www.astrobin.com/8aalro/

IC 2631 is a blue reflection nebula in the far southern constellation of Chamaeleon. It surrounds a young T Tauri star HD973000, about 500 light years away. It lies in the Chamaeleon Cloud Complex which is a large star forming region that includes the Chamaeleon I, Chamaeleon II, and Chamaeleon III dark clouds. The Chamaeleon Complex occupies nearly all of the constellation Chamaeleon and overlaps into Apus, Musca, Carina and Octans. The dust partially or nearly totally obscures the stars within and behind it.

Details:
Mount AP900
Exposure 12.5 hours LRGB
Telescope Planewave 12.5" CDK
Camera FLI Proline 16803
FOV 49' x 49'
Processing PixInsight


--

Stuart
http://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/


Re: Dust clouds around IC 2631

Roland Christen
 

Interesting shape that object has ..
Yodalando



-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff Smith <ghsmith45@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 26, 2020 6:17 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Dust clouds around IC 2631

This was taken at the last new moon period

https://www.astrobin.com/8aalro/

IC 2631 is a blue reflection nebula in the far southern constellation of Chamaeleon. It surrounds a young T Tauri star HD973000, about 500 light years away. It lies in the Chamaeleon Cloud Complex which is a large star forming region that includes the Chamaeleon I, Chamaeleon II, and Chamaeleon III dark clouds. The Chamaeleon Complex occupies nearly all of the constellation Chamaeleon and overlaps into Apus, Musca, Carina and Octans. The dust partially or nearly totally obscures the stars within and behind it.

Details:
Mount AP900
Exposure 12.5 hours LRGB
Telescope Planewave 12.5" CDK
Camera FLI Proline 16803
FOV 49' x 49'
Processing PixInsight


Dust clouds around IC 2631

Geoff Smith
 

This was taken at the last new moon period

https://www.astrobin.com/8aalro/

IC 2631 is a blue reflection nebula in the far southern constellation of Chamaeleon. It surrounds a young T Tauri star HD973000, about 500 light years away. It lies in the Chamaeleon Cloud Complex which is a large star forming region that includes the Chamaeleon I, Chamaeleon II, and Chamaeleon III dark clouds. The Chamaeleon Complex occupies nearly all of the constellation Chamaeleon and overlaps into Apus, Musca, Carina and Octans. The dust partially or nearly totally obscures the stars within and behind it.

Details:
Mount AP900
Exposure 12.5 hours LRGB
Telescope Planewave 12.5" CDK
Camera FLI Proline 16803
FOV 49' x 49'
Processing PixInsight


Re: Tracking problem with Mach 1

Roland Christen
 

The final spur gear on the worm will turn once every 6.4 minutes. The motor shaft turns once in just under 8 seconds.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 26, 2020 12:48 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Tracking problem with Mach 1

I was having problems with the ASCOM driver a few days ago.I took the photo after I recorded the log, but was the same as was occurring while the log was running. I checked for obstructions....none found. How do I tell if the motor is running at sidereal rate? A mechanical problem would be something new. No problems at all with tracking until now. Change in polar alignment also very unlikely but I will recheck it.


Re: Tracking problem with Mach 1

Peter Bresler
 

I was having problems with the ASCOM driver a few days ago.I took the photo after I recorded the log, but was the same as was occurring while the log was running. I checked for obstructions....none found. How do I tell if the motor is running at sidereal rate? A mechanical problem would be something new. No problems at all with tracking until now. Change in polar alignment also very unlikely but I will recheck it.


Re: Tracking problem with Mach 1

Dale Ghent
 

In addition to Ray and Roland's recommendations, make sure that the ASCOM driver wasn't set to an unintended tracking mode such as solar or lunar.

On Mar 26, 2020, at 7:40 AM, Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

I was having a problem with tracking last night.....the mount slewed to coordinates in SGP and APCC, but short exposures showed movement. I re-initialized, no help.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xrdoas64yyj9dw2/ApccZip-Peter_Bresler-2020-03-26-043115.zip?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/swi70mhbpbmw1nm/frame_and_focus_24.fit?dl=0


Re: Tracking problem with Mach 1

Roland Christen
 

Remove the cover on the RA gearbox and look at the motor shaft. Is the motor turning at the sidereal rate?

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Bresler via Groups.Io <PABresler@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 26, 2020 6:44 am
Subject: [ap-gto] Tracking problem with Mach 1

[Edited Message Follows]
I was having a problem with tracking last night.....the mount slewed to coordinates in SGP and APCC, but short exposures showed movement. I re-initialized, no help.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xrdoas64yyj9dw2/ApccZip-Peter_Bresler-2020-03-26-043115.zip?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/swi70mhbpbmw1nm/frame_and_focus_24.fit?dl=0


Re: Tracking problem with Mach 1

Ray Gralak
 

I was having a problem with tracking last night.....the mount slewed to coordinates in SGP and APCC, but short
exposures showed movement. I re-initialized, no help.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xrdoas64yyj9dw2/ApccZip-Peter_Bresler-2020-03-26-043115.zip?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/swi70mhbpbmw1nm/frame_and_focus_24.fit?dl=0
There doesn't appear to be any logs that cover the time at which your image was made according to the images FITS header which interestingly says was taken at 4:42 am, which is one minute *after* you posted (which could means an inaccurate computer time).

I did a scan of your logs and there are a few instances of Solar rate being used, which could cause trailing like that.

Other than that it could be something like poor polar alignment, loose/slipping clutch, or a tugging cable.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Peter Bresler via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:41 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Tracking problem with Mach 1

[Edited Message Follows]

I was having a problem with tracking last night.....the mount slewed to coordinates in SGP and APCC, but short
exposures showed movement. I re-initialized, no help.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xrdoas64yyj9dw2/ApccZip-Peter_Bresler-2020-03-26-043115.zip?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/swi70mhbpbmw1nm/frame_and_focus_24.fit?dl=0


Tracking problem with Mach 1

Peter Bresler
 
Edited

I was having a problem with tracking last night.....the mount slewed to coordinates in SGP and APCC, but short exposures showed movement. I re-initialized, no help.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xrdoas64yyj9dw2/ApccZip-Peter_Bresler-2020-03-26-043115.zip?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/swi70mhbpbmw1nm/frame_and_focus_24.fit?dl=0


Re: Arp 286 (NGC 5566)

Don Anderson
 

Very nice Geoff!

Don Anderson


On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 05:31:44 p.m. MDT, Geoff Smith <ghsmith45@...> wrote:


I was going through my picture files--what else to do in these times--and  I came across this one from 2018 which I hadn't finished processing. However, better late than never, so here it is

https://www.astrobin...9f7e/B/?nc=user

Technical details
Mount AP900
Exposure 6.5 hours LRGB
Camera FLI Proline 16803
Telescope 12.5" Planewave
Processing PixInsight
FOV 30' x 30'


Re: Arp 286 (NGC 5566)

Geoff Smith
 

Thanks Stuart and Rolando. Yes, PixInsight processing, Maxim acquisition.


Re: Arp 286 (NGC 5566)

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

VERY nice Geoff !!!


On Wed, 25 Mar 2020 at 19:31, Geoff Smith <ghsmith45@...> wrote:

I was going through my picture files--what else to do in these times--and  I came across this one from 2018 which I hadn't finished processing. However, better late than never, so here it is

https://www.astrobin...9f7e/B/?nc=user

Technical details
Mount AP900
Exposure 6.5 hours LRGB
Camera FLI Proline 16803
Telescope 12.5" Planewave
Processing PixInsight
FOV 30' x 30'


--

Stuart
http://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/


Re: Arp 286 (NGC 5566)

Roland Christen
 

Lots of nice detail. Pix Insight processing?

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff Smith <ghsmith45@...>
To: main <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 6:31 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Arp 286 (NGC 5566)

I was going through my picture files--what else to do in these times--and  I came across this one from 2018 which I hadn't finished processing. However, better late than never, so here it is
Technical details
Mount AP900
Exposure 6.5 hours LRGB
Camera FLI Proline 16803
Telescope 12.5" Planewave
Processing PixInsight
FOV 30' x 30'


Arp 286 (NGC 5566)

Geoff Smith
 

I was going through my picture files--what else to do in these times--and  I came across this one from 2018 which I hadn't finished processing. However, better late than never, so here it is

https://www.astrobin...9f7e/B/?nc=user

Technical details
Mount AP900
Exposure 6.5 hours LRGB
Camera FLI Proline 16803
Telescope 12.5" Planewave
Processing PixInsight
FOV 30' x 30'

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